Should We Change the Way We Vote?

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Letter to the Editor Canadians now have an opportunity to change the way we vote in federal elections—or keep it the same. All MPs should be seeking input from their constituents. If you haven’t received an information package about this, you should check Jamie Schmale’s website at http://www.jamieschmale.ca. Under the … Continue reading

Library Board seeks Support for Strategic Outreach

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Library CEO Karla Buckborough and Outreach Coordinator Lindsay Molloy presented an update on developments in library programs instituted over the past six months during the September 19th Council meeting. As part of the Strategic Plan presented to Council in June, Cavan Monaghan Library Board members outlined a series of goals … Continue reading

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Energy Procurement

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Tuesday the Ministry of Energy announced a decision that will begin to reduce electricity costs for consumers as it suspended the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind, hydroelectric, bioenergy and … Continue reading

ORCA Advises that Level 2 Drought Persists Despite Recent Rainfall

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The Otonabee Region Water Response Team advises members of the watershed community that the Level 2 drought first declared on July 12, 2016 remains in effect. This means that water users of both municipal and private water supplies are strongly encouraged to reduce their water use by 20% in their … Continue reading

ORCA Advises that Level 2 Drought Persists Despite Recent Rainfall

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The Otonabee Region Water Response Team advises members of the watershed community that the Level 2 drought first declared on July 12, 2016 remains in effect. This means that water users of both municipal and private water supplies are strongly encouraged to reduce their water use by 20% in their … Continue reading

School Expansion Gets Green Light

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At last week’s Open House, Principal Sheryl Hunter was peppered with questions about the construction surrounded the school ranging from “what is happening here?” to “Why isn’t it almost finished?” The answer to the second question was available at the September 6th Council meeting, where the building permit for the … Continue reading

Expect Big Changes to the Regulation of Natural Health Products in Canada

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Health Canada is overhauling the way it regulates natural health products (NHP). Health Canada defines NHP’s as a substance or a combination of substances that provide pharmacological activity and reduce the risk/presence of a given disease. The problem with this definition is that the vast majority of NHP (or any … Continue reading

Schedule of Events for Outdoor Painting Festival This Weekend

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With over 55 artists from across Ontario competing for $3000 in prizes, expect to see a lot of painting going on in and around the township this weekend. You can participate by nominating your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award. The actual painting begins on Saturday at 10 am … Continue reading

EQAO Results Confirm Need to Focus on Math

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According to the 2015/16 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) results issued last week for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board students in grades 3, 6 and 9, students have largely maintained the improvements they have made in provincial testing over time … Continue reading